There was no hesitation on my part; I voted Internet. But it looks like there are still a lot of TV junkies out there....
I didn't know people still watched TV. I was thinking that by now, most people are starting to forget that evil contraption for good, because
internet is so much more than TV could ever be.
But I guess not.. it's quite shocking to me, how many here not only included TV in their answers (come on, would you actually DIE (=not being able to
LIVE without) if you stopped watching the idiot box?)..
I mean, why would anyone even want to watch TV in modern times? Sure, I can understand that people want to watch certain tv SHOWS, but .. why watch
them using that obsolete control system? Why not watch them in your own terms?
Imagine terabytes of harddrive space (easy feat nowadays, it's cheap). Imagine filling it with all your favorite movies, TV shows, music videos,
concerts, musicals, plays, books, comics, music, documentaries, etc. Combine that with the almost-limitless entertainment, information flood and
creative possibilities that the internet offers.
Instead of being TOLD, when you can watch, and what you can watch - you can decide everything yourself. You can always pause anything you want,
whenever you want - you can even watch many things simultaneously, if you like! You can rewatch something endlessly, fast forward/rewind to an exact
spot every time, without commercials or advertisements bothering you at any point, without having to watch through endless "FBI Warnings" and other
All in all, being the MASTER of your "programming", your entertainment desires.
Without having to pay for anything more than the internet connection and the harddrives (and the computer, monitor(s) etc. of course).
This is of course purely a hypothetical situation...
Now answer me honestly; would you still really miss TV and want to watch it?
I think the only reason why so many people still cling to TV like some parasites to a carcass of a dead fish, is that so many people still watch TV.
That becomes their topic of discussion, in this world where no one wants to talk about anything REAL.
So if they watch different shows, or at different times than their 'social network', they become outcast, because they can't be "in" the gossip
and the talk anymore (especially women).
Hm, that percentage is interesting, when you start thinking about genders; could it be, that women watch TV more, and men use the internet more?
Because women are yin (=passive, receiving), and men are yang (active, expanding)?
Men always want something to DO, even if it is just typing messages to an internet discussion forum. Women rather want something to gossip about, and
to receive other's gossip. So internet is better for men, TV seems to suit women better - women are more readily exploitable by the media
conglomerates than men. Also, men are more independent, women tend to have a hive mind, even when it comes to finding out who they like sexually
(women always love a man that other women love - and reject a man that other women reject - it's called "preselection")..
In any case, TV is a "programming" device - it's designed to program people. That's why the shows are called "programs". And people still remain
clueless. I do faintly remember though, when I was a TV-dependent - I felt like it's a DISASTER if I am not home in time to see some stupid TV
show's this week's episode. How idiotic is that?
But it wasn't a disaster. Even if I didn't see it, I didn't die. I continued living. And actually, now that I have been free of TV "programming"
for over ten years, I don't find missing it at all - on the contrary, I feel so free from all that advertising hell and the constant time restraints,
the difficulties in taking a bathroom break in the middle of a show/movie, etc.. it was a miserable way to 'entertain' myself!
If you are going to entertain yourself, TV is the WORST way to go. And all that shít that you have to endure, no matter how 'clever' you try to be,
just programs you to be even more miserable and stressed out human being. News constantly show you horrors and install fears in you that you wouldn't
otherwise have, and convince you that you wouldn't get by if you don't get to know just how many was killed in what disaster/war/whatever.
It's unbelievable, what things people think they need .. just to LIVE.
I don't need technology to live. Technology is convenience, possibilities and entertainment. It's not "essential" per se.